Virgin Mobile Launches More Affordable And Flexible Prepaid Blackberry® Internet Service Plans In South Africa


Virgin Mobile announced today that it is launching a variety of even more affordable and flexible prepaid BlackBerry® Internet Service plans in South Africa with the introduction of 7 day and 14 day options to compliment the usual 30 day BlackBerry Internet Service plan.

BlackBerry® Internet Service is an easy-to-use, convenient, low-cost solution that provides users with access to the Internet and up to 10 supported corporate and personal email accounts (including popular email accounts such as 8tamail, Yahoo! Mail and Gmail), as well as BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) and popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

It also provides access to the wide range of mobile applications on BlackBerry® App World. With 3 different options, Virgin Mobile prepaid subscribers can now choose the prepaid BlackBerry® Internet Service plan that meets their individual needs and pocket:


R19 for 7 days

Purchase via USSD string:*121*5*7#


R29 for 14 days

Purchase via USSD string:*121*5*14#


R59 for 30 days

Purchase via USSD string:*121*5*30#

This new value added service compliments Virgin Mobile's already highly competitive prepaid offering which already includes:

  • R10 FREE airtime for every R30 paid airtime used
  • Double Your Airtime FREE on your first recharge (with the FREE airtime paid over 2 months)
  • The lowest on-net (Virgin-to-Virgin) call rates in South Africa (99c per minute, billed true per second)
  • Highly competitive true per second peak and off-peak call rates to other networks

To access Virgin Mobile's new prepaid BlackBerry® Internet Service plans customers will need to purchase a Virgin Mobile prepaid SIM, insert it into a BlackBerry® smartphone, recharge with Virgin Mobile airtime and then enter the appropriate USSD string.

"It is great to see smartphones and associated services like the BlackBerry® Internet Service starting to penetrate the prepaid market. We expect the simplicity and convenience of our smaller denomination BlackBerry® Internet Service offerings will appeal to prepaid subscribers who do not require this service throughout the month," said Steve Bailey, CEO, Virgin Mobile.

For further information, please visit your nearest Virgin Mobile outlet or log onto